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Transylvanian Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Transylvanian Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Transylvanian Hound
OriginHungary
Other Names
What other names does the Transylvanian Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Erdélyi kopó, Hungarian Hound, Transylvanian Scent Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Transylvanian Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Transylvanian Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Transylvanian Hound breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.Foundation Stock ServiceUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Transylvanian Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Transylvanian Hound price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Transylvanian Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Transylvanian Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Transylvanian Hound gets to a happy place.

Transylvanian Hound History

The Transylvanian Hound or in its native name, the Erdélyi Kopó is an ancient Hungarian hunting breed, that is thought to have existed for more than 1000 years. The breed’s exact origins are uncertain due to the lack of documentation and records, yet it is presumable that the Magyar Agár is one of its ancestors.

The Transylvanian Hound’s long history began around the 9th century when Hungarian tribes brought Asian hounds with them to the Central European regions, where the dogs were mixed with Celtic hounds. The Transylvanian Hound’s development was influenced by the peculiarities of the local climate, the terrain, and the hunting conditions of the area, in which the breed was created. As a result of the influence of the different conditions of the terrain, two separate varieties of the Transylvanian Hound evolved: a long and a short-legged type. These varieties were always kept and bred together. Initially, the long-legged version was used for hunting bigger games, firstly buffaloes, and later wild boars, lynxes, and bears. Meanwhile, logically, the short-legged version was used for hunting small prey including, hares and foxes in the overgrown terrain and chamois in rocky lands.

The long-legged Transylvanian Hound’s popularity has peaked in the Middle Ages when it became a very favored hunting breed among the aristocracy of Hungary and Austria. While the dogs possessed great behavioral traits, excellent intelligence, and hunting abilities, the breed’s exterior appearance also reflected nobility and harmony. The breed’s athletic medium-sized body is lean and muscular, yet balanced and elegant in its movement, thus it was also a perfect companion dog for the nobility without hunting purposes. When not used for hunting, the dogs made great guards of people and property. Unfortunately, the breed’s numbers decreased drastically as the agricultural societies developed and the breed got to the brink of extinction by the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the short-legged version of the Transylvanian Hound got extinct, due to neglect and the lack of use. However, a few of the breed’s enthusiasts worked hard to preserve the long-legged type. An active and well-planned effort to increase the breeding started in 1968 for the long-legged version. A Hungarian veterinarian named Dr. Lajos Győrffy searched for purebred puppies everywhere in Hungary and in Romania. At that time, the breed’s numbers were so low, that he could only find a few in the remote parts of Romania. Dr. Győrffy sneaked two of the breed’s puppies over the border, and he started to build up the breed in earnest at the Budapest Zoo.

After the revival of the breed, in the middle of the 20th century, the Transylvanian Hound got declared as the ninth indigenous Hungarian dog breed. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) accepted the Transylvanian Hound into their scent-hound group in 2000. Later, in 2006 the UKC (United Kennel Club) and in 2015 the AKC (American Kennel Club) also recognized the breed. Nowadays, the Transylvanian Hound still remains in rarity outside of its native lands, but in Hungary and in Romania it is still used for hunting purposes as well as a sporty family companion.

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Transylvanian Hound General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Transylvanian Hound size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Transylvanian Hound weigh? Transylvanian Hound weight:
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Transylvanian Hound? Transylvanian Hound average weight:
Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Transylvanian Hound? Transylvanian Hound height:
Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (50–61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Transylvanian Hound average height:
Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Transylvanian Hound Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Transylvanian Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseShinySmoothStraightCoarseFlatShort
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Transylvanian Hound's coat?
BrownTanTricolorBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Transylvanian Hound and how often?
Average: The Transylvanian Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Transylvanian Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Transylvanian Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Erdélyi kopó? Transylvanian Hound shedding level:
Transylvanian Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Transylvanian Hound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Transylvanian Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CourageousLoyalTerritorialGood naturedProtectiveIndependentEnduringQuietDeterminedLively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Transylvanian Hound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Transylvanian Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Transylvanian Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Transylvanian Hounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Transylvanian Hound is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Transylvanian Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Transylvanian Hounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Transylvanian Hounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Erdélyi kopó need? Transylvanian Hound social needs:
Transylvanian Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Transylvanian Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hungarian Hound bark?
Average: The Transylvanian Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Transylvanian Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Transylvanian Hounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Transylvanian Hound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Transylvanian Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Transylvanian Hounds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Transylvanian Hound can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Transylvanian Hound will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Transylvanian Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Erdélyi kopó? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Transylvanian Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Transylvanian Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Transylvanian Hound do?
Transylvanian Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Transylvanian Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Transylvanian Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Transylvanian Hound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Transylvanian Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Transylvanian Hound have high prey drive?
Transylvanian Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Transylvanian Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Transylvanian Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Transylvanian Hound, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Transylvanian Hound tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Transylvanian Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Transylvanian Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Transylvanian Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Transylvanian Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Transylvanian Hound temperament with other people:
Transylvanian Hounds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Transylvanian Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Transylvanian Hound temperament with children:
Transylvanian Hounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Transylvanian Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Transylvanian Hounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Transylvanian Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Transylvanian Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Transylvanian Hounds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Transylvanian Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Transylvanian Hounds good office dogs? Do Transylvanian Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Transylvanian Hounds be office dogs?
No
Transylvanian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Transylvanian Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Erdélyi kopó temperament with senior people? Are Transylvanian Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Transylvanian Hounds are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Transylvanian Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Transylvanian Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Transylvanian Hounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Transylvanian Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Transylvanian Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Transylvanian Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Transylvanian Hound be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Transylvanian Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Transylvanian Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Transylvanian Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Transylvanian Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Transylvanian Hound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Transylvanian Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Transylvanian Hound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Transylvanian Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Transylvanian Hound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Transylvanian Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Transylvanian Hound breed? Most common health risks of Transylvanian Hound:
Elbow DysplasiaHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Transylvanian Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Transylvanian Hound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Transylvanian Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Transylvanian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Transylvanian Hound have? What is the activity level of the Transylvanian Hound?
Transylvanian Hounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Transylvanian Hound dogs require per day?
Transylvanian Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Transylvanian Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Transylvanian Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Transylvanian Hound risk for obesity:
Average. The Transylvanian Hound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Transylvanian Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Transylvanian Hound has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Transylvanian Hound drool?
The Transylvanian Hound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Transylvanian Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Transylvanian Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Transylvanian Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Transylvanian Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppiesIf you want to contact a reputed breeder, here are our suggestion: Bukkaljai Vaduzo Erdelyi Kopo Kennel

Transylvanian Hound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Transylvanian Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Transylvanian Hounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Transylvanian Hound has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Transylvanian Hounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Transylvanian Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Transylvanian Hounds are dog-friendly dogs.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Transylvanian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Transylvanian Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Transylvanian Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Transylvanian Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Transylvanian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Transylvanian Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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